The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity in Europe
The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity
• The essay is an individual assignment.
• Plagiarism and collaboration is cheating and deeply unethical. It will lead to your exam being failed in its entirety. It may also lead to disciplinary action. Plagiarism is to copy or closely imitate text from books, articles, the Internet, student papers or other sources without proper references. Your exam will be checked for plagiarism using the online plagiarism detector. (see “Submitting your essay” below).
• You must use the course literature. Make sure that you give explicit references to the literature. You may use the Harvard system, with references in parentheses (ex Anderson 1991, s. 22), or the Oxford system with references in footnotes. Quotes have to be indicated clearly with quotation marks or indentation. When referring to a text in an edited volume, you refer to the author, not to the editor. Collect all your sources in a list of references at the end.
• Use a maximum 3100 words. Please, make sure to include word count in the essay.
The topic of the essay should, somehow, relate to the overall theme of the course; i. e challenges of ethnic diversity. During supervision, your research question/s need/s to be agreed upon by your supervisor.
All the essays should include the following:
• Abstract (which highlight your main findings and key arguments, the chosen methodology and the selected material should also be included. The abstract in the essay should contain a maximum of 200 words)
o Critical discussion of your “problem area”
o Research question/s
o Limitations of the study and recommendations for further research
• Theory (all essays need to include a literature review and an analytical framework or similar, i. e. discussion of key concepts/perspectives that will be used in the analysis)
• Analysis (when you apply the theory/theories to relevant material)
• Reference list
• Bauman, Gerd (1999) The Multicultural Riddle. Rethinking National Ethnic, and Religious Identity. NY: Routledge [158 p]
• Chambers, Iain & Curti, Lidia (1995) Post-colonial Question. Common Skies, Divided Horizons. London: Routledge 
• May, Stephen (2004) Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [270 p]
• Mc Guire, Meredith (2008) Lived Religion. Faith and Practice in Everyday Life. NY: OUP USA [290 p]
• Redman, Peter & Maples, Wendy (2011) Good Essay Writing. A Social Science Guide: The Open University Press [160 p]
• Selected articles
• Giddens, Anthony (2013) Modernity and Self-Identity. Self and identity in the Late Modern Age: Wiley – Chapter 1 (online)
• “Social class” by Serena Bufton in Social Identities (2204) G Taylor & S Spencer (ed) Routledge p 20-34 (in its learning).
• “Moral boundaries and national borders. Cuban marriage migration to Denmark” by Nadine T Fernandez: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Volume 20, Issue 3, 2013
• “Law and Identity: Transnational Arranged Marriages and the Boundaries of Danishness”
• by Garbi Schmidt: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Volume 27, issue 2, 2001
Course module description
• The aim of the course is to familiarize students with concepts introduced earlier in IMER 1- 30, as well as to acquire an increased understanding of relevant structural and cultural contexts within the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. Students will also develop the ability to apply the earlier acquired knowledge on societal phenomenon in the contemporary world.
On completion of this course, students shall:
Be able to Identify and describe the use of the concept of ethnic diversity within and outside academia. Identify, analyze and critically reflect on the challenges of ethnic diversity on various levels of society. Apply the earlier acquired knowledge from IMER I on societal phenomena in the contemporary world and; both orally and in writing, make presentations based on in-depth knowledge of ethnic diversity and its challenges. Critically approach contemporary research questions within the field of IMER.
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